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Apologist Josh McDowell: Internet the Greatest Threat to Christians

Apologist Josh McDowell:  Internet the Greatest Threat to Christians | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Atheists and skeptics now have equal access to our children as we have, which is why the number of Christian youth who believe in the fundamentals of Christianity is decreasing and sexual immorality is growing, apologist Josh McDowell said.
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What Do Atheists Live For?

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Edward Tarte got that question from one of his YouTube commenters and he responds beautifully in the video below.

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Penn Jillette's 10 Commandments for atheists

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Atheist magician Penn Jillette tells how he was challenged by conservative radio host Glenn Beck to come up with an atheist's version of The Ten Commandments.
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Has the American Cancer Society Been Caught Covering Up a Rejection of Atheist Money? | | AlterNet

Has the American Cancer Society Been Caught Covering Up a Rejection of Atheist Money? | | AlterNet | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
The ACS has been stung by accusations of anti-atheist bigotry in its fundraising. Is it making things worse by trying to cover its tracks?
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Americans United Blasts Congress For Wasting Time On ‘In God We Trust’ Resolution

"The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote today on a resolution reaffirming “In God We Trust” as the official national motto and encouraging its display in public places. Americans United for Separation of Church and State urged Congress to stop squandering time on meaningless issues like this and move on to more important matters."

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Dumping Satan: It’s Time to Let Go

Dumping Satan: It’s Time to Let Go | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
The history of Christianity, as atheists are fond of reminding us, is one that has been drenched in blood. Whether religious war, inquisition, or colonial violence, there’s been great evil committed in the name of God.
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Petulant mayor breaks cross to abide by First Amendment

Petulant mayor breaks cross to abide by First Amendment | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Whiteville, Tenn., certainly isn't Pleasantville for non-Christians with James Bellar behind the civic wheel, but the mayor of that Tennessee town finally and very grudgingly agreed that a water tower cross had to go.
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Navy Atheist forced to permanently cover up a Bad Religion tattoo

Navy Atheist forced to permanently cover up a Bad Religion tattoo | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

"I gave her my usual warm greeting and checked her ID and she noticed the crossbuster on my arm. Then she got a really disgusted look on her face and asked me if I realized that it could be *highly offensive* to people. I told her that yes I did and to have a nice day."

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The Confrontational Nature of Coming Out Atheist

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"Greta Christina has written one of the most thought-provoking posts about coming out atheist I've read in awhile. Her central point is that coming out as an atheist (i.e., disclosing our atheism to others) is an inherently oppositional act because it communicates to believers that they are wrong on the god question. For all of us who have been wondering why our very existence seems to agitate the religious so much, I think we may have our answer."

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Proof Prayer Doesn't Work - A Double-Blind Scientific Study

"The Templeton Foundation, a christian organization, in 2006, set out to prove that prayer works, with a massive study that ended up costing over 2.4 million dollars. 1,802 patients at 6 different hospitals were organized into the study. They'd all received heart bypass surgery so that there would be as much similarity as possible. Here are the results:"

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Not Every Church Practice Is Useless

Not Every Church Practice Is Useless | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

"Particularly in immigrant and black communities (and conceivably in Central American/hispanic ones as well), the church is the focal point of civil life. It is a resource not only for instrumental support like counselling and a financial safety net, but as an existential anchor. The prospect for many of “leaving the church” is not so simple as just getting to sleep in on Sundays -– it has real repercussions. Setting up a humanist church speaks directly to those people: “you don’t have to ‘leave the church’, you are simply invited to switch churches. This one doesn’t have a god in it”."

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A Christian Overreaction to An Atheist Group’s Existence

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"The Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics at the University of Wisconsin – Madison took advantage of a program that allows them to send an email to the entire student population… for a price."

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Christopher Hitchens in conversation via satellite with Stephen Fry

Christopher Hitchens in conversation via satellite with Stephen Fry | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

For over forty years Christopher Hitchens has written and spoken with passionate commitment on matters that others fear to broach. His life has been one of defiance, wit and humility. Now his life is threatened by cancer, but his devotion to the truth and his extraordinary courage are undiminished. In this special event for Intelligence⊃2; , he'll be in conversation via satellite in Washington D.C. with Stephen Fry who'll be on stage live at the Royal Festival Hall. Don't miss this chance to hear one of the great public intellectuals of our age discussing politics, literature and, as he puts it, "the things that make life worth defending – foes like faith and false consolation".

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Suicidal lesbian Marine Corps vet seeks help, gets Jesus instead | Rock Beyond Belief

Suicidal lesbian Marine Corps vet seeks help, gets Jesus instead | Rock Beyond Belief | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Esther Garatie is a hero to our nation, serving in the Marine Corps in war-time. She also happens to be a lesbian. But that shouldn't matter.
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As atheists know, you can be good without God - USATODAY.com

As atheists know, you can be good without God - USATODAY.com | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Human morality is instinctual and fits into the evolutionary paradigm. In fact, morality without faith might be the best option of all.
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A Voice of Reason on the ‘In God We Trust’ Bill Coming from an Unlikely Place…

A Voice of Reason on the ‘In God We Trust’ Bill Coming from an Unlikely Place… | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

"The fear that unless “In God We Trust” is displayed throughout the government, Americans will somehow lose their faith in God, is a dim view of the profound religious convictions many citizens have. The faith that inspired many of the Founders of this country — the faith I practice — is stronger than that. Trying to score political points with unnecessary resolutions should not be Congress’s priority. I voted no." - Justin Amash (R-MI)

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Good Reason: A chat with the Witnesses

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"Some Jehovah's Witnesses came around this morning. I decided to go all Socratic on them, and just ask them questions. It didn't last very long."

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Halloween: Trick Or Treating Is Cheating On Jesus, Says Linda Harvey

Halloween: Trick Or Treating Is Cheating On Jesus, Says Linda Harvey | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Halloween is a holiday founded on “the priorities of our spiritual enemy,” and trick-or-treating is cheating on Jesus, says Mission: America’s Linda Harvey.
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Religion in the workplace is an issue on the rise

Religion in the workplace is an issue on the rise | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Department of Justice statistics indicate that complaints of religious harassment in the workplace are on the rise.
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Atheists Treated Unequally in US Military

With the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, you could say that the US military is undergoing some big changes, progressing towards a modern age. But are they still far behind when it comes to its chaplain program and the role that religion plays in counseling? And one man is pleading for atheist chaplains to be accepted, so that those without a religious background can get the same services, as everyone else. Jason Torpy, President of the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers explains.

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Is Your Religion a Cult? Of Course It Is!

Is Your Religion a Cult? Of Course It Is! | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

When I was a little kid I started a club. It was kind of small, only four members including me. Nonetheless I was the leader and I made the rules. The only rule I actually remember was very simple, and very childish. The rule stated that no club member could believe that super heroes were real...except for my favorite one at the time...Spiderman. Who would have thought that at age 7, I actually understood the foundation of all religions..."your personal favorite fairy tale is the only one in which you may believe."

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Atheists, creationists and the pitfalls of public debate - The Drum Opinion

Atheists, creationists and the pitfalls of public debate - The Drum Opinion | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
The gulf between an apologist theologian and an atheist biologist is an abyss only bridgeable by epiphany or tragedy.
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Why I’m an Anti-Theist

"*The following is taken from a rant I had today on my Twitter timeline, in response to being called "intolerant" for expressing atheist or anti-theist views in public."

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We’re Telling Them They’re Wrong: Why Coming Out Atheist Is Inherently Oppositional

We’re Telling Them They’re Wrong: Why Coming Out Atheist Is Inherently Oppositional | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

"Yup. Coming out is hugely important for atheists. I assume this is not a wildly controversial statement. Coming out — and making our community a safer place to come out into, and making the world a safer place to come out in — is pretty much Number One on atheists’ To Do list. And yes, atheists have a huge amount to learn from the LGBT communities about coming out, not just the why but the how: what to say, when to say it, how to say it, who to say it to, what to do if people freak out. There are tons of parallels between the LGBT movement and the atheist movement, and the importance of coming out is one of them — as are many of the specific strategies about doing it."

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Faith ceases to be a virtue when it has little connection with facts of reality

Faith ceases to be a virtue when it has little connection with facts of reality | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
RITE AND REASON:Belief unsupported by proportionate evidence corrupts our search for truth and morality...
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